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Mayoral Candidates On The Trail Ahead Of NY1 Debate

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All seven Democratic candidates for mayor were out on the campaign trail today, racking up endorsements and touting their plans to win City Hall, as they prepare to appear on NY1 for a televised debate about Latino issues Wednesday.

The debate, which can be seen on NY1 and NY1.com at 7 p.m., is going to focus on the Democratic primary fight in the race for mayor on issues of importance to Latino voters.

All seven of the Democrats running are participating in the 90 minute debate being held at Hunter College. It will be hosted by NY1, our sister station NY1 Noticias, and the Latino Leadership Institute.

The debate will be moderated by NY1 Noticias' political anchor, Juan Manuel Benitez.

NY1 Political Anchor Errol Louis and NY1 Brooklyn reporter Jeanine Ramirez will be on the panel questioning the candidates as well.

The debate will feature NY1's famous lightning round where candidates have to answer a series of rapid fire questions with a simple yes or no.

But before that debate there is, of course, lots of campaigning.

Former City Comptroller Bill Thompson this week picked up an endorsement from the union representing school principals. He is also considered the favorite in the battle to win support from the city's teachers union, which is announcing its endorsement Wednesday.

Former Congressman Anthony Weiner, meanwhile, is trying to make the case that he does not need the support of special interest groups to back his comeback bid. After a speech on the Upper West Side about his plans to help small businesses, he said he is running a different kind of campaign.

"I haven't tried to round up constituencies. I haven't tried to line up endorsements. In places like this, talking about ideas. And I'm going to keep doing that because I think I'm getting rewarded for doing that by the voters and by the citizens of New York," Weiner said.

Wednesday's debate will be followed by a half-hour analysis program that will begin at 8:30 p.m.

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